Operational Programme 'Alsace'
Programme co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Regional Competitiveness and Employment objective
On 30 November 2007 the European Commission approved an Operational Programme for the Alsace region in France for 2007-2013.
This Operational Programme comes under the Regional Competitiveness and Employment objective and has a total budget of about 303 million euros. The financing provided by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some 76 million euros, representing about 0.5 % of Community aid to France as part of the cohesion policy for 2007-2013.
1. Purpose and aim of the programme
The strategy of the Operational Programme is based primarily on:
- regional issues highlighted by identifying and analysing the region's potential;
- the Community and national strategic framework establishing the principles for the allocation of Community funds.
The strategic objective of the programme is to direct the region's system of production towards activities with high value-added by improving competitiveness and employment in a context of sustainable development.
The objectives of the programme are:
- to support innovation to construct a knowledge-based regional economy;
- to boost the appeal and competitiveness of the region;
- to support the revitalisation of decaying urban areas;
- to achieve lasting appeal by increasing energy efficiency, developing renewable energy sources, preserving and reviving biodiversity, creating and developing environmentally-friendly activities and encouraging multimodal transport.
The region of Alsace has decided to put innovation, sustainable development and regional competitiveness at the heart of its strategy for regional development.
2. Expected impact of the investment
The aim of the investment is:
- to create 150 new activities per year, with five "clusters" and 50 research posts;
- to identify five low-energy projects (50 kWh per m2 and per year).
The Operational Programme is centred on five priorities:
Priority 1: Innovation and entrepreneurship within the European area [about 31.1% of total investment]
The aim of this priority is to develop and improve regional structures for innovation by fostering interaction between public and private operators. It thus aims to generate more innovative and competitive economic activities by:
- developing regional structures for innovation and collective actions to detect new "clusters";
- creating and disseminating the knowledge produced by public and private research thanks to structural investment and public and private R&D programmes;
- boosting exchanges of experience and inter-regional partnerships.
Priority 2: Developing the region's economic appeal and competitiveness [about 32.8% of total investment]
The aim of this priority is set up a network of centres of expertise to stimulate the vigour and competitiveness of Alsace. This will involve new areas of expertise, especially technological, but also skilled human resources and the development of synergies among the various operators concerned.
The aim is threefold:
- to create skilled and attractive activity areas;
- to improve the conditions for incoming businesses;
- to encourage the creation and development of innovative activities in the fields targeted by the Lisbon and Gothenburg strategies.
Priority 3: Exploiting the potential of the environment [about 22.5% of total investment]
Alsace has a rich and varied natural heritage, the continued existence of which is however greatly threatened. To combat this there is a need:
- to devise a policy based on energy efficiency;
- to encourage multimodal transport;
- to ensure the preservation of biodiversity;
- to encourage the creation and development of environmentally-friendly activities.
Priority 4: Boosting the appeal and cohesion of towns in the region [about 11.9% of total investment]
The aim of this priority is to enhance the appeal of urban areas in Alsace compared with elsewhere and to strengthen their internal cohesion and solidarity by introducing novel strategies for sustainable urban development. Community aid will be geared to financing integrated projects of not less than 5 million euros, selected by means of calls for proposals and intended to respond to the serious economic, social and environmental problems of urban areas in large towns.
Priority 5: Technical assistance [about 1.7% of total investment]
Technical assistance allows the co-financing of management, monitoring, assessment, organisation, information and communication activities.
Financial and Technical information
Operational Programme 'Alsace'
Intervention TypeOperational Programme
Number of decisionC/2007/6078
Final approval date30/11/2007
Breakdown of finances by priority axis
|Priority Axis||EU Investment||National Public Contribution||Total Public Contribution|
|Innovation and entrepreneurship within the European area||23 000 000||71 258 000||94 258 000|
|Developing the region's economic appeal and competitiveness||21 000 000||78 500 000||99 500 000|
|Exploiting the potential of the environment||17 000 000||51 000 000||68 000 000|
|Boosting the appeal and cohesion of towns in the region||12 350 000||23 653 184||36 003 184|
|Technical assistance||2 574 973||2 574 973||5 149 946|
|Total||75 924 973||226 986 157||302 911 130|